new forms
& functions of storytelling

About us

The Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab (aka Columbia DSL) designs stories for the 21st Century. We build on a diverse range of creative and research practices originating in fields from the arts, humanities and technology. But we never lose sight of the power of a good story. Technology, as a creative partner, has always shaped the ways in which stories are found and told. In the 21st Century, for example, the mass democratization of creative tools — code, data and algorithms — have changed the relationship between creator and audience. The Columbia DSL, therefore, is a place of speculation, of creativity, and of collaboration between students and faculty from across the University. New stories are told here in new and unexpected ways.

Join Columbia faculty and industry innovators as we explore the current and future landscape of digital storytelling.



This fall students can explore new forms and functions of storytelling within three elective courses

– Digital Storytelling I
– Digital Storytelling III
– New Media Art

For more details please reference School of the Arts course listings.


COLLABORATORS WANTED: Become part of the Columbia DSL prototyping community

We host a monthly Columbia DSL Meetup at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in NYC

Come explore new forms and functions of storytelling with creatives from around the world. Columbia DSL invites you join our new global prototyping network

PROTOTYPE UPDATE: Frankenstein AI kicks off global tour with a world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival

AWARDS UPDATE: The “Digital Dozen” and its Breakthroughs in Storytelling Awards honor the year’s most innovative approaches to narrative